Kanpur: Samajwadi Party chief and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has criticised the Centre over its inability in handling terror. (Also read: ‘BJP Afraid of SP-BSP Alliance,’ Says Mayawati)

Yadav was meeting the family of CRPF jawan Pradeep Singh Yadav at his native village of Ajan Sukhsenpur in Kannauj district. He said the country was upset over the Centre’s inability in handling terror.

Attacking the BJP-led NDA government, Yadav said, “Anger is growing in the country as the situation is going out of hands in Kashmir. Besides, people are also angry over the way things are being handled in J-K by the Centre. By choosing this government, people expected security. How did this serious intelligence failure occur? Terrorists are making videos and uploading them on social media, but the party (BJP) that is trying to transform the country by making it ‘Digital India’ failed to trace the danger in time.”

Speaking to a leading daily, Yadav said, “The Government, which did not miss a chance to take credit for the surgical strike, will have to come up with a convincing reply regarding the attack on our brave soldiers in Pulwama.”

Yadav has anyway been at loggerheads with the BJP. Earlier this week, his party’s workers created a furore when he was stopped from boarding a plane to Prayagraj.

Yadav said he was stopped by the authorities in a bid to prevent him from visiting Prayagraj, triggering outrage by party lawmakers in the state legislature and workers outside the airport.

Protests broke out in Allahabad, Jaunpur, Jhansi, Kannauj, Balrampur, Jalaun, Azamgarh and Gorakhpur, among other places, where SP supporters smashed windscreens of vehicles and clashed with the police. Roads were blocked in Gorakhpur.